American Catholic Radio, St. Anthony Messenger Press’ weekly broadcast, continues its theme of conversion and social justice this week with a great interview on the Living Faith segment. Segment producer Judy Zarick explores the challenge of living in a simplified way in response to the gospel and some of the challenges in our modern culture. Here is her reflection:
Living Simply…Are you up for the challenge?
It doesn’t make sense that living more simply should be more complicated. But I admit, to live more simply seems to me like a lot of work. When I was a kid I loved being outdoors, sleeping in tents, riding horses, learning archery at girl scout camps. But due to acquiring a myriad of allergies as an adult, spending time outside, cultivating and digging into the fresh earth around me to plant gardens doesn’t have the same appeal as it used to. Fortunately, I don’t have to be someone I’m not to be able to care for our creation as God intended. I talked with Kyle Kramer who built his own house on a farm that he bought in Indiana. He wrote a book about his experience called, A Time to Plant. He left a promising academic career to attempt to make simple living a reality as a spiritual discipline for himself, as a model for his children, and for the good of creation. I know I can’t do what Kyle did, but he gave me some concrete ways that I can be a good steward of God’s creation right where I live now. Take a listen to ACR 11-13 and maybe you’ll hear an idea or two for yourself.